This is a post by Michael Glover
While I was in Ft. Sam, TX, I had a sergeant who often finished disciplinary instruction to his soldiers by saying, “Good talk”.
I remember one time in particular, we were out “in the field”. I happened to be monitoring radio communications (coms) in the operations tent. One of his high maintenance soldiers came in to speak with him and before she could say anything, Sgt. C said, “Smith don’t start, turn around and leave.” Then he looked at me and said, “Good talk.”
Thinking back on my life, I’ve had many conversations, but not too many, “Good talks.”
I think a good talk can change your life.
What is a good talk?
In 1 Kings 2:2-3 King David gave his son, Solomon a good talk.
Here’s what he told Solomon:
- Be strong and show yourself a man
- Keep the charge of the Lord your God
- Walk in His ways
- Keep His statutes
- Keep His commandments
- Keep His precepts
- Keep His testimonies (as it is written in the Law of Moses)
- That you may do wisely
- Prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn
Good talk Dad
Dads, we need the good talk.
I remember back in 2009, I called my Dad. I was in Georgia, just blew an opportunity I fought hard to get, and was miserable. I was running from God hard, which always, always, makes your life hard. (Think Jonah in the belly of the whale). Actually, I wished I had it as easy as Jonah did. My mind was a pure hell; wanting to do right, but fighting God, inevitably I ended up doing wrong. It made me feel miserable, so I did what it took to get my mind off of it.
You know the drill.
Now my Dad is my Dad, my friend, but also my pastor. It’s a dicey set-up. When do you put the Dad hat on, play the friend role, or pastor? Not easy.
In the conversation at one point I interrupted him and said something like, “Dad, I am a grown man, quit talking to me like your son, and talk to me like a man.”
Good talk time.
Dad replied, (something like this) “Mike, you’re better than this. You were raised in truth; you’re called to do a work for God. You’re my son, you’re a Glover! Glovers don’t give up! Glovers don’t let ‘this’ beat them.” (He said more, but I’ve taken too many hits to the head to remember.)
Still affects me (I felt a little something starting to move over me just now). Good talk.
Come on Dads. Don’t just talk to your kids like kids. Give them the good talk.
David, give it to Solomon straight.